Writer: Letterman Was In on Joaquin Phoenix’s Act

David Letterman knew that Joaquin Phoenix’s wacked-out appearance on his show was all an act, or at least so says one of his former writers.

In a recently unearthed interview, Late Show with David Letterman writer Bill Scheft told Nuvo, an alternative Indianapolis newspaper, that when he told friends that Phoenix’s act was a fake, no one believed him. They dismissed his comments on the pretense that Phoenix was just a troubled individual:

“I’ve told people that (everyone was in on the joke), and not only do people not believe me, they tell me that I’m wrong and that (Phoenix) is a schizophrenic and he needs help”  

Casey Affleck admitted that the entire act was for the sake of his documentary I’m Still Here. Dave, for his part, loved it, says Scheft:

“Dave knew about it and Dave loved it because he could play along…It was great television.”

Phoenix is scheduled to return to the set of the Late Show this Wednesday, Sept. 22 for a follow-up interview and, in light of recent news, we can’t help but wonder whether real Joaquin will show up.